Choosing your Internet investigations training vendor is an important decision.
It’s like selecting a mentor. A good mentor does more than present a topic. They guide students to best practices and working skills.
Here are some facts to help you choose your next training mentor:
NetBootCamp is a learning and resource website focused on online investigation skills and techniques. The content is intended for law enforcement officers, corporate investigators, private investigators, analysts, prosecutors, and attorneys.
NetBootCamp is the name of the training program operated by The Internet Investigators, which is a private investigations agency (CA PI 28179) and a California corporation with a home page located at TheInternetInvestigators.com. We provide online investigative support to Fortune 500 companies and federal law enforcement from our San Diego, California base. We have conducted high-profile online investigations since 1995.
Investigations and intelligence are essential, but separate functions in most agencies. This distinction is important when considering your goals as a student.
Intelligence is information gathering. OSINT or Open Source Intelligence is the act of gathering this information from publicly available sources, like social networks, telephone listings, property records, business licensing agencies, or just about anything else you can find with a Google query. Investigations are often initiated by locating a social network profile or identifying an overall trend.
Great intelligence is the foundation for great investigations.
OSINT overlaps with Internet investigations. A good Internet investigator is also a master of OSINT. The content and focus of these specialties are different, however.
Internet investigations examine the technical aspects of websites and Internet traffic. The investigation may troubleshoot the location of a website when the operator attempts to conceal its location. The investigator might examine the website’s assets to identify other websites sharing services or make this connection through advertising publisher codes and shared visitor analytics accounts. One of the most common Internet investigations involves geolocating an IP address found in an email header.
OSINT and Internet Investigations clearly overlap. All investigators need to wear both hats, though most investigators tend to be stronger in one area over the other. NetBootCamp fills the gaps that matter most to you.
We develop courses with the goal of building skills and best practices. We build investigators in OSINT and Internet investigations.
You will encounter the terms course and class on this website.
A course is a subject area that is comprised of a series of classes. Social Media Investigations, for example, is both a subject area and a course. Facebook Investigations is a class within this larger subject area.
You are free to purchase training as a package or as individual offerings based on your needs. We have sequentially numbered classes within each subject area to guide you through a progressive learning track. Three of these courses comprise the core content in a Basic Internet Investigator bootcamp. This bootcamp begins with Basic Internet and continues with Website Investigations and Social Media Investigations.
Two courses expand upon the concepts presented in the bootcamp: OSINT & Internet Tools and Internet Evidence. This is where you can learn how to use a tool in detail and the best practices for gathering data.
All available and upcoming trainings are listed on the Training Program page. The training program also begins with the bootcamp and then expands upon specific areas and skill sets like undercover investigations, online payment processing, and web scraping. Use the Training Program to find classes and to explore or build upon subjects that interest you.
Most trainings include downloadable materials via HTML bookmarks with links to the tools used in the training and practical exercise handouts. This website refers to these downloads as Assignments. NetBootCamp prepares classes and assignments with the goal of helping you build comprehension through hands-on activities.
We’ve tried to make training as accessible as possible. The majority of our clients hire us to provide training in person or online through our webinar platform. These clients are generally looking to develop specific skills or interested in specific subjects detailed on our training program page.
We occasionally provide free Quick Tips webinars and some studio recorded classes on this website for free. We think these sessions are a great way to pay it forward to investigators and law enforcement for their service. It’s also preview to what you can expect should you choose to hire NetBootCamp. We only ask that you register for these sessions and we will only contact you to provide updates for schedules.
Onsite trainings enables us to work hands-on with participants with varying experience levels. With online consulting, you can choose to follow along on your laptops and share desktops so participants can view the methods and logical approaches of their peers.
Consulting begins at $99/hour for corporate and private investigators and $49/hour for law enforcement. Onsite training begins at $3,000/day plus travel expenses. See the Fees section for the most current rates.
Law enforcement discounts are available by contacting us via your agency email address. Customized class materials are always available.
If you have an internet connection and a computer, you are already there. NetBootCamp courses can be taken at home and work. While the website is compatible with mobile devices like iPads and tablets, we strongly recommend that you follow along on a standard computer. This is because the browsers and tools you’ll use are not available on mobile devices. Mobile browsers also operate differently.
Firefox and Google Chrome browsers are used in the training. We recommend that you install both prior to beginning your class as you’ll be using add-ons built only for these browsers. The tools presented in the training are operated on a Windows PC computer. Some of these tools will look different on a Macintosh computer, though some may not be available at all.
Access is generally available for 30 days and can be extended upon request.
We want you to have the full experience of your training. Contact us if you need additional time.
Videos can only be viewed on the NetBootCamp website under your login. Video content is copyrighted is not intended to for download to your computer.
Handouts and some tools are provided through downloads. Your consideration is appreciated in not distributing these copyrighted materials.
The page for each training area includes listings that identify the topics and the presentation materials. Some tools and handouts may also be included as file downloads in PDF, DOC, or HTML format. These materials which are hosted on third-party websites.
NetBootCamp is not affiliated with the third-party websites hosting software, so please exercise the usual safeguards during installation.
Additional resources are also available to all students in the Training Wiki. These resources include links to tools and software, plus some third-party reading materials.
NetBootCamp believes in paying it forward. All active law enforcement officers can take some classes for a discounted rate. We just ask that you contact us with your agency email address so that we can provide with a personal discount code.
Some courses are only appropriate for government, corporate, and licensed private investigators. We may request your work email address to access this material as well. Thanks in advance for your understanding.
We are here to assist. Reach us by phone and email:
Help [at] NetBootCamp [dot] org
Note that your IP address may be available to us whenever you login, download handouts or view video content that we host.
We want you to have the best possible experience possible at NetBootCamp. If you don’t, simply contact us within 7 days of your purchase.